Last build of the first month of 2016. The first iteration of tactical spell casting, also known as battle magic, is implemented. The first batch of battle spells are all of the direct damage variety: Lightning Bolt, Fireball, Magic Missile, Chaos Bolt, Power Word: Death, and Shard Storm. Chaos Bolt has somewhat random effects, potentially buffing the target, but usually damaging and/or weakening it. Shard Storm has a slow and range attack penalty on top of the damage done.
Coming up in future builds is Blur, Battle Gate, Flames of the Phoenix, Mass Resurrection, Hypnotism, Shadow Encumbrance, Second Shadows, Baleful Strength, Berserker Rush, Swift Strike, Terror, Wall of Swords and Conjure Mists. It will probably take 2-3 builds before this list is exhausted, and after that spells will be added as the different schools of magic are fleshed out.
Battle mechanics have been improved a bit – resistances and vulnerabilities to various damage types are not included in damage calculations, as are some special abilities (Hardy, Fearless).
There is also a bit of bug fixing related to overland movement and follower display. Regiment type creation has been tweaked, so that there is a minimum upkeep for regiments. No free cannon fodder. City progression has been tweaked to be a bit slower than previously. The final rate of progression will be even slower, but for testing purposes the current rate is useful.
Thanks to everyone who tested out builds during January. Your reports were very helpful, and help me focus efforts where it gives the best impact on playability and testability.
The current goals for February:
- Implement remaining battle spells
- Tactical combat morale and psychology
- Neutral faction interaction improvements
- Basic diplomacy
- Improved espionage UI and mechanics
- Further iterations on tactical combat mechanics and UI
- Ancient evil and dungeon boss AI, interaction and event improvements
- Another stab at a proper installer and auto-updater
Zip with build: http://wizardsandwarlords.net/files/WizardsAndWarlords0923.zip